In this insightful study of Hollywood cinema since 1969, film historian Nick Smedley traces the cultural and intellectual heritage of American films, showing how recent Hollywood movies owe a profound debt to the liberal values of New Deal cinema. Hollywood cinema is not usually thought of as politically or socially engaged, but the author argues that it is, in fact, one of the most value-laden of all national cinemas. Drawing on a long historical view of persistent themes in Hollywood cinema, Smedley demonstrates how film-makers in America continue to explore the balance between unbridled capitalism and a more socially-engaged liberalism. He also brings out the persistence of pacifism in Hollywoodas consideration of American foreign policy in Vietnam and the Middle East. His third theme concerns the belated acceptance by the film community of the post-feminist American woman. Featuring important new interviews with Michael Mann, Peter Weir, Paul Haggis, and Tony Gilroy, The Roots of Modern Hollywood is an incisive account of where Hollywood is today, and the path it has taken to get there.The Persistence of Values in American Cinema, from the New Deal to the Present Nick Smedley ... Indeed, the voices of white protest in the film belong to young men who are fond of Nazi memorabilia, and belong to the white ... opting for such easy reconciliations as American History X. In this case, the central character, William Foster (Michael Douglas), is a ... Throughout the film, all Foster wants to do a having abandoned his car on a Los Angeles freeway a is find his way home.
|Title||:||The Roots of Modern Hollywood|
|Publisher||:||Intellect Books - 2015-06-01|